Environmental news feed

  • Guyana road projects spark concerns for future development on wetlands
    on May 21, 2024

    Ongoing upgrades to roads through the southern part of Guyana have many conservationists on high alert, as the projects could impact forest and savanna ecosystems as well as Indigenous communities. A series of roads traveling over 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital of Georgetown to the city of Lethem, in the south, are supposed

  • Report ranks 60+ ideas, including geoengineering, to save the Arctic
    on May 21, 2024

    Scientists called for project ideas and scored them from reasonable to wild. While all agree cutting emissions needs action now, some of these methods of last resort could be tested, and one day be applied to save the polar region.

  • As coffee expands in Bangladesh hills, conservationists worry about ecosystems
    on May 21, 2024

    Tea’s history in Bangladesh as a popular recreational drink is almost a hundred years old. However, with economic development, the popularity of coffee is growing gradually in urban areas of the country. According to data, the projected revenue in the coffee market in Bangladesh would be $48.97 million in 2029, with an annual growth rate

  • Global markets and their effects on resource exploitation in the Pan Amazon
    on May 21, 2024

    Investment capital flows when prices are high, but companies scale back investments when they fall. Nonetheless, companies do not often abandon projects once underway; in part, this is a natural resistance to writing-off an existing investment, but experienced businessmen also know that markets are cyclical. If companies wish to ‘cash in’ when prices are high,

  • Beyond deforestation, oil palm estates pose flood and water contamination risks
    on May 21, 2024

    JAKARTA — Briantama Asmara first visited the village of Kais in Indonesian Papua, on the island of New Guinea, in 2017 as an university researcher. The village lies two time zones away from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, but it takes a four-hour flight, followed by a four-hour car ride and a three-hour boat trip to

  • Top brands buy Amazon carbon credits from suspected timber laundering scam
    on May 21, 2024

    An analysis of two carbon credit projects in the Brazilian Amazon has found that they may be connected to illegal timber laundering.

  • Critics see payback in Indonesia’s plan to grant mining permits to religious groups
    on May 21, 2024

    JAKARTA — Critics have slammed Indonesia’s outgoing government over a plan to hand out mining permits revoked from companies to religious organizations — not on the basis of the latter’s mining competence, but simply because they played an important role in the country’s independence struggle nearly 80 years ago. The push is being led by

  • A forest restoration project brings birdsong back to Angola’s highest mountain
    on May 20, 2024

    MOUNT MOCO, Angola — On the slopes of Angola’s highest mountain stands the gray jagged stump of a once mighty tree. It’s the remnant of a Guinea plum (Parinari excelsa), a species native to Mount Moco’s evergreen forests. When South African ornithologist Michael Mills first started to survey the mountain’s forests in 2005, it was

  • Can the circular economy help the Caribbean win its war against waste?
    on May 20, 2024

    The Caribbean Basin is drowning in waste, especially plastic trash that’s contaminating rivers and the surrounding sea.

  • Organized crime puts unprecedented pressure on Guatemala’s largest rainforest
    on May 20, 2024

    Criminal groups have made a renewed push into one of Guatemala’s largest rainforests this year. As new trails open up and fires spread, officials have raised concern not just about deforestation but potentially losing control of the area altogether. The Maya Biosphere Reserve, stretching 2.2 million hectares (5.3 million acres) across northern Guatemala’s Petén department,

  • Banks backing Mekong hydropower failing on due diligence, report reveals
    on May 20, 2024

    Major banks operating in Thailand and Vietnam aren’t doing enough to address the environmental and human rights consequences of their investments in large-scale hydropower dams along the Mekong River, according to a new report. The report, by Fair Finance Asia, a network of more than 90 civil society organizations led by Oxfam, and Netherlands-based sustainability

  • Amplifying Indigenous voices at the global level: Interview with Dario Mejía Montalvo
    on May 20, 2024

    For the past two years, Dario Mejía Montalvo has presided over the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at a time when Indigenous peoples worldwide have gained new levels of recognition by scientists and policymakers for their role in protecting biodiversity-rich ecosystems, including keeping carbon in the ground. Despite this, leaders complain that they

  • New satellite platform monitors deforestation across ecosystems worldwide
    on May 20, 2024

    When it comes to monitoring deforestation, tropical rainforests rightfully get the lion’s share of attention. However, as climate change-induced natural disasters and conversion of natural lands for agriculture increase in frequency and intensity, it becomes even more imperative to track vegetation across ecosystems. A new platform by the makers of Global Forest Watch, the popular

  • For drought relief, Cordilleran women in the Philippines rely on seed saving
    on May 17, 2024

    BENGUET, Philippines — Anita Sinakay grew up with her farmer parents saving seeds, a practice she continues now that she has her own farm. Today, Sinakay heads the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS), a group of organic farmers that was formed pre-pandemic to revive the dying practice of saving seeds among agricultural Indigenous groups

  • To renew or not to renew? African nations reconsider EU fishing deals
    on May 17, 2024

    Senegal now faces a decision it’s faced before. In the mid-2000s, small-scale fishers there mobilized in opposition to a fishing agreement with the European Union that allowed in many dozens of EU industrial vessels to target various fish species. Under this pressure, Senegal’s then-president opted not to renew the deal when it expired in 2006.

  • Photos confirm narcotraffickers operating in Peru’s Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve
    on May 17, 2024

    A wide strip of land cuts through the dense Amazon canopy in Peru’s Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve as shown by a photograph taken during a flyover on March 15, 2024. The images provide evidence of a clandestine landing strip in the middle of a protected area for tribes living in voluntary isolation. Established in 2021, the

  • Bird populations are mysteriously declining at an Amazon park in Ecuador & beyond
    on May 16, 2024

    The number of individual birds found at the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve has dropped by half, according to a study published earlier this year.

  • Canada oil sands air pollution 20-64 times worse than industry says: Study
    on May 16, 2024

    Air pollution levels over Alberta’s tar sands are many times higher than industry-reported figures, according to researchers, raising questions over potential health risks to downwind Indigenous communities.

  • Undercover in a shark fin trafficking ring: Interview with wildlife crime fighter Andrea Crosta
    on May 16, 2024

    This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center’s Ocean Reporting Network, where Philip Jacobson is a fellow. Four years of investigating jaguar parts trafficking rings in Latin America led Andrea Crosta to a grim realization: The same smugglers were often involved in a variety of illegal enterprises, including moving different kinds of wildlife products across

  • Tackling climate change in one of Colombia’s largest wetlands
    on May 15, 2024

    The time it takes to cross the Ayapel swamp, the largest swamp in the department of Córdoba, northern Colombia, is a good measurement of how much this landscape has changed in recent decades. The journey, which used to take several hours, can now be done in less than one. Gone are the streams that forced